UN Headquarters

Events for the 2017 IDPD celebration at UN Headquarters in New York will be organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on 1 December 2017, in collaboration with Member States, the UN System, academic institutions, civil society, disabled persons organizations, and the private sector.

Around the world

Organize your own events to celebrate the International Day to raise awareness and to promote the rights and perspectives of persons with disabilities around the world.

What you can do

Include: The observance provides opportunities for collaborative and inclusive events by all stakeholders – Governments, the UN System, civil society and organizations of persons with disabilities – to focus on issues related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development, both as beneficiaries and agents of change.
Organize: Hold forums, public discussions and information campaigns in support of the theme of this year’s observance, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”, to discuss and share ways of including and empowering persons of all abilities to develop and be fully included in their local communities.
Celebrate: Plan and organize performances everywhere to celebrate the contributions made by persons with disabilities as agents of change in the communities in which they live. Celebrate persons with disabilities by creating opportunities to help realize their potential, be it through music, sport, academia or interpersonal skills.
Take Action: A major focus of the Day is practical action to realize the objectives of the Day for persons with disabilities and their communities. So, highlight best practices and think about making recommendations to your local political leaders, businesses, academic institutions, cultural centers and others. Work to ensure that your activity leaves a legacy and brings about lasting change.
Share with us the IDPD 2017 in your community for posting the information and link to your event on the UN Enable website by emailing us at (max. 50 words). The list of events will be published shortly.